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November 16, 1993


By CBR Staff Writer

MiniStor Peripherals Corp, San Jose, California is offering a 128Mb 1.8 PCMCIA disk drive on the retail and OEM markets; it features a low-cost means of adding a PCMCIA slot to existing desktop machines called the DockIt Socket. The drive drive is offered with a Type III+ PCMCIA interface as a retail product and with either an Integrated Device Electronics or PCMCIA interface for OEM applications. The two platters are made of glass and the drive offers 16mS average seek times, data transfer rates of between 11Mbps and 22Mbps, 6.67mS average latency, 5V power requirement, 32Kb buffer and adaptive power management facilities. The sealed drives are filled with dry nitrogen to prevent condensat ion and data corruption during extreme temperature changes. The DockIt Socket is a low-cost, port able-to-desktop PCMCIA docking port enabling a PCMCIA slot to be inst alled in any AT-compatible desktop system drive bay so that users can plug their PCMCIA drives in to transfer data. It costs $250 re tail, and the 128Mb drive is $700.

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